It is announced that Niranjan Deva-Aditya has
become an official candidate to succeed Kofi Annan as
Secretary-General of the United Nations when he retires at the
end of this year. Ambassador Deva-Aditya has been nominated by
the Republic of Fiji.
In the letter of nomination to the President of
the Security Council, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Fiji
"I am writing to request you to add the name of
Niranjan Deva-Aditya, Ambassador-at-Large of Sri Lanka to your
list of candidates. Ambassador Deva is a resourceful candidate –
a Sri Lankan citizen with family, roots, and businesses in Sri
Lanka – he has become a global personality, making a significant
contribution to global politics, aid and development at the
In his letter to the President of the Security
Council accepting thenomination, Ambassador Deva said:
"Although I am an Asian and a Sri Lankan
citizen, I do not seek to be a Sri Lankan nominee, as Sri Lanka
fielded an excellent candidate as long ago as December 4th 2004.
You will recall that on 2nd June 2006, your predecessor as
President of the Security Council wrote to the President of the
General Assembly, confirming that a Member State may present
candidates, nationals and /or non nationals of that State at any
stage of the process.
I am very honoured indeed to accept the nomination of Fiji,
and thereby to become an official candidate."